COLUMN DECLINES TO WALK

A smorgasbord of environmental hypocrites – including petrolhead climate change campaigner Dr Karl, of whom Joe Hildebrand writes: “There comes a time in every man’s life when he must choose between saving the world and keeping his V8 Monaro. For Dr Karl Kruszelnicki the grandkids will have to wait.”

Posted by Tim B. on 09/28/2007 at 02:05 PM
    1. From July:

      “Australia will create a wildlife corridor spanning the continent to allow animals and plants to flee the effects of global warming, scientists said on Monday.”

      Bwahaha. Isn’t global warming by definition, you know, global?

      Who gets to use this magnificent corridor? Animals of the human variety? No, I thought not.

      Posted by Retread on 2007 09 28 at 02:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well done as usual Tim. Enviro weenies get thump on the head from down under. Proposed US headline.

      Posted by greene on 2007 09 28 at 03:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Another great column, Tim.

      I join Retread in being somewhat perplexed about the wildlife corridor. Is it going to run north-south or east-west? I assume there will have to be “drive-overs”, right? Is it a kind of “faunabahn”, and what’s to keep the animals from wandering off the reservation? Will Paco Enterprises responsible private groups be permitted to conduct safaris into the corridor for the purpose of herd-thinning? Is this going to be like a zoo run on the honor system? What parts of Australia are likely to be free from the effects of global warming, and what if many animals act like my beagle, Mabel, who (if you don’t keep an eye on her) will lie on the hot, sun-drenched driveway in the summertime, only six feet from a cool pool of shade, wondering why she’s so hot?

      Thank goodness I live in the United States, where there are simpler means for protecting animals from warming. They’re called “freezers”, and they’re found in the “meat section” of “grocery stores”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 03:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. In regard to the corridor, I think Paco asks the essential question:  “What parts of Australia are likely to be free from the effects of global warming…?”

      As much as I enjoy laughing at the ludicrous, I am leery of discussing the talking points of those who hate mankind.  They make it so easy, though!  They have imposed the language of their viroscam into honest discussions about, not just the climate, but in every area of activity necessary for human life.  Rarely do they define their terms—it is so much easier if you can keep your terms wrapped up in a fog. This is done so that no one understands just what you mean, and are able to fill that void with whatever they mean.

      Sorry.  I hope I didn’t ruin anyone’s fun by being serious.  Really, no one should get in the way of pricking inflated egos.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 28 at 03:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Another fine column, Tim.

      I remember Suzuki’s cross-Canada tour in his gigantic bus. When asked why he was using it, one of his troupe snapped, “What are we supposed to do, walk?”

      Somebody asked him why he hadn’t even converted the bus to bio-diesel. The reply was that they didn’t want to void the warranty on the engine.

      Posted by Mambo Bananapatch on 2007 09 28 at 04:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim, Tim, Tim… you just don’t get it.

      The air inside those limos and Gulfstreams is absolutely pristine.  So don’t say the rich aren’t doing their part…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 09 28 at 04:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Paco

      In some parts of the US those freezers are found in people’s basements, too, usually full of Bambi by Christmas.

      Posted by Retread on 2007 09 28 at 04:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7: See? Private initiatives protecting animials from global warming! Good point, Retread.

      Of course, I saw a crime show once where that basement freezer was actually filled by the owner’s wife, but that is a side issue which need not detain us.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 04:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, I just talked to Mrs. Paco and she said she installed Firefox on our home computer. Andrea, if you’re out there, isn’t that the browser you said you were partial to?

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 05:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. heh, Scary actress husband, heh.

      My favourite line. LMAO!

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 09 28 at 05:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9 Paco

      Until Andrea shows up, I’ve been using Firefox for months and it beats IE even if you don’t customize it.

      Posted by Retread on 2007 09 28 at 05:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Instapundit just made my heart flutter.

      Posted by Retread on 2007 09 28 at 05:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. International You Walk to Work Day.

      (I’ll fly.)

      Celebrity Environmental Hypocrite

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 28 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 Retread,

      I installed Firefox a few weeks ago. Brilliant.
      Makes Explorer look like it still works on Windows ‘95.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 09 28 at 05:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #12 Retread,
      that was a terrific link, thanks.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 09 28 at 05:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Firefox would be twice as good as IE (anyversion) if it were only half as good as it is.  I’ve been using it since just after it came out.  I only abandoned Opera because it just doesn’t get enough support.

      If you do want to customize Firefox, it’s easy to do, and it works.

      Also checkout Thunderbird (from Firefox) to replace Outlook and it’s attendant problems, and if you rely on the calendar in Outlook, download Sunbird (from Firefox) for that.

      Starting to see a pattern?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 09 28 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. After doing battle with IE (and MSN), I finally got rid of both.  I’ve been using Firefox for almost a year now.  Love it.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 28 at 05:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of Tasing Karl, check this out:

      http://www.taser.com/pages/VideoDetails.aspx?videoid=60

      Basically it’s a Taser Claymore.

      * Fear sold separately.

      Posted by ausdiplomad on 2007 09 28 at 06:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Margret’s campaign to save the world “Three Phone Calls”.

      The first phone call is to your local parliamentarian to ask ‘what’s your policy, what are you going to do?’

      The next two phone calls are to two friends who might be sympathetic, to get them to do the same thing.”
      Just brilliant Margaret! I’ll drink to that with imported mineral water from Italy. Cheers.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 28 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Heh!  Great column, Tim.

      Thing is, I never walk to work, even it’s only a couple miles away, thanks to an old stress fracture in one foot.  If I do, I have a hard time with other activities.

      But I hate driving that short distance unless the weather really sucks.  So I pedal a bike instead; good exercise, saves cash, and there’s no impact on my foot.

      Hey, it’s an el cheapo bike from Wal*Mart, which is sure to piss off them watermelons, me supporting an evil corporation like that.  Besides, with all that cash I save, I buy other Gaia unfriendly items, like ammunition.  Think of it as an offsets offset of my own.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 09 28 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Environmental hypocrites have been with us forever but have appeared under a variety of names: wowsers, Luddites, Puritans, zealots, oppressors, spoilers, Islamists.

      They are the same people who, at various times, have brought us the auto da fé, the Salem witch trials, the English Civil War,  9/11, Prohibition, North Korea …

      Self-appointed guardians of us all, their real intent is to remove joy from others’ lives as they advertise themselves through a guise of righteousness.  This time it’s climate change that’s given them the opportunity for self-promotion.

      Fortunately, there seems to be enough skeptics around to ensure that the climate cultists will not get the same opportunities as their like did in the past.

      #9, 11, 14, 16 & 17:  Is Firefox really that good?  What about security?

      Posted by ann j on 2007 09 28 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. From that link by retread

      “Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who addressed the General Assembly on climate change September 24, is but the latest global warming skeptic to receive the cold shoulder from Gore.”

      Why would a failed presidential candidate want to meet a succesful one?

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 28 at 07:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #21 security is about all firefox has going for it.

      It used to be faster than IE, but IE has gotten better. It used to use less resources than IE, but it’s gotten bloatier.

      It is still much better security wise, mainly because it isn’t as integrated with Windows so there’s less to go wrong. And partly because it is used by fewer people so there’s less bang for the security exploit buck.

      Posted by sam on 2007 09 28 at 07:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re #18, ausdiplomad, we need one of those for the trolls that stop by now and then!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 09 28 at 07:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks for the feedback on Firefox. So far, so good. Of course, I haven’t had a chance to customize it yet; the mag wheels and Holley carburetors will have to wait.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 07:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. #23 Thanks, Sam.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 09 28 at 08:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m quite taken with the latest version of IE. It works on my computers better than Firefox, Safari or Opera do.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 09 28 at 08:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, great news! They found the rabbit (Good boy!)

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 28 at 09:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. #28 Tremendous news. Well spotted, paco.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 28 at 09:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. International no YOU walk to work day!

      Kae that was the funniest.

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2007 09 28 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Also in July, Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts starred Joss Stone – who asked staff to keep her car engine running while she gave interviews at Live Earth Johannesburg – and Madonna, who owns a fleet of cars including a Maybach, two Range Rovers, two Audi A8s and a Mini Cooper S.

      Oh no!  That poor Mini Cooper S!  Forced to haul Madonna around, never getting out of third gear or over 3000 RPM.  Someone save the poor thing!

      Posted by Baby M on 2007 09 28 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #30 Tickled my funny-bone, also. There must be some other environment-themed days where the word you could be added for a more honest appraisal of what it’s about for celebrities.

      Although normally contemptuous of Blair, I must say he did a reasonable job of summarising envirocrisy in one relatively small article. It must have been like transcribing the old Testament onto the back of a stamp.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 28 at 09:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T
      My email’s not working. I can’t get into it at all. Phoned ISP.

      Hmm. Yes, it’s not working. It may not be fixed over the weekend. Contact number? Thanks. Well, when it’s fixed they’ll email you.

      Great.

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 28 at 09:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. By the way, and for the record, superior google operator egg_ established in a previous thread that Wendy Frew was awarded $10,000.

      For some reason, the otherwise reliable govt PR people overlooked this fact in their media release.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 28 at 09:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. how long will it take me to walk 44 miles to work and then home again?  will i get paid for the days i missed? i will tell them its just me trying to be green
      *singing* It’s not that easy being green
      Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
      When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
      Or something much more colorful like that

      Posted by missred on 2007 09 28 at 10:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. oh! and will i get reimbursed the dollars they take out of my paycheck for the days i didn’t park my car in the garage?  huh? will i? will i?

      Posted by missred on 2007 09 28 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. One wonders if cabbies might call for a No Press Day in response, shutting down Australia’s electronic and print media to cut carbon emissions.

      Ooh, love that idea. Hope they do it.

      Were you really a commie until the mid-80s, Tim?

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 09 28 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Were you really a commie until the mid-80s, Tim?

      I think he still is, he’s owns a puffy pirate shirt!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 28 at 10:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. My respect for Karl has leapt – not giving up the v8 while campaigning for climate change – hahaha

      Posted by peter m on 2007 09 28 at 10:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dr Karl will go well in parliament they all have micro sleeps.
      You can’t resist us Mr Blair!“(Margret Thatcher naked on a cold day
      “(Margret Thatcher naked on a cold day
      “(Margret Thatcher naked on a cold day
      “(Margret Thatcher naked on a cold day !

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 09 28 at 10:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Some people are mightily attracted to things that can’t be proven – it gives them a sense of superiority over everyone else, and an air of mystery.  Check this out:

      The new favourite is Discover Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen, a cult figure in the economics world who suggests ways of applying the principles of the dismal science in everyday life. The book is full of those jolting little ideas in which popular economics specialises. For example, why are sightings of UFOs down dramatically in recent years? Mr Cowen points to the spread of the mobile-phone camera. It is hard now to explain how you came to see a flying saucer without taking a picture of it.

      Link

      I would argue that the nutters that previously ran around making unsubstantiable claims about UFO abduction have been forced to move onto other things, and global warming is their new preferred place of residence.  You can’t prove them wrong, so they get to win every argument.

      Well, at least inside their heads, they believe they can’t be proven wrong.

      It’s a wonderful panacea for those that can’t bear to lose an argument.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 09 28 at 10:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. When I mandate that all AGW cheer squadders must wear a little tin foil hat with an antenna in public, then you’ll know them easy enough. Until then, as soon as one starts on their screed, ask them how much CO2 makes up the atmosphere and how photosynthesis works. If they’ve got a handle on the basics, then just punch them in the guts rather than the mouth.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 28 at 11:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. #41. Mr Creosote

      Brilliant.  Where will the whack jobs go when the mini ice age starts in a couple of years?

      *belch* Ah.  More room.  Need another beer.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 09 29 at 12:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. More proof, if any was needed the end times are upon us!!!

      World Naked Bike Ride Film Festival

      And lovely posters and photos of last years events. I might add I could get more nudity and colourful behaviour after an average footy club wind up.

      A pitiful turnout for Oz.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 29 at 01:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. More “Horinomics” lessons.

      She says the words but the brain just doesnt make the connections.

      2 bits from her article, she lacks a “cause and effect” section in her brain.

      “Australia is now the eighth-richest country in the world. Only the US and a handful of small European nations have a higher per capita income..”

      Then this futher on.

      “In an oration delivered this week at the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s annual conference, ANZ’s chief economist, Saul Eslake, said the Federal Government had had at its disposal an extra $388 billion over five budgets that it had not originally foreseen.

      The Government gave all but $10 billion of it away in tax cuts, of one form or another…”

      But her brain doesnt connect the two.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 29 at 01:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. “The Government gave all but $10 billion of it away in tax cuts, of one form or another…”

      Someone needs to explain to this person that wealth has to be created before it can be looted, and that the government doesn’t “give it away” in tax cuts.  They give it back to those to whom it belonged in the first place.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 09 29 at 02:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look, I can’t help it.

      O/T. 8 minutes from full time. Geelong is 20 FREAKING GOALS in front of Port Adelaide. 20! Over 120 points up.

      For our foreign readers, this is like the World Cup Soccer being Latvia 30 – Brazil 2 or for the Mercans, buggered if I know, New York Mets 5.7 vs Dallas Cowboys 0.027 at bat(?)

      It’s an unpretty shellacking, and I’m pissed already. Pologies to the Mole in a Hole.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 29 at 03:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. A clinical and methodical destruction of Port Adelaide’s attack and defence by Geelong, winning by 119 points in a virtually one sided encounter. The Geelong Cats pick up their first AFL premiership and the first Australian Rules title in 44 years. A long time between drinks.

      As good as Port Adelaide were alleged to be, a superpower of the AFL, Geelong essentially ran a training session in front of close to 100,oo fans, and an audience worldwide of millions. Port had no answers to a Cats defence that shut down every attack, and a Cats offence that kicked with impunity. When Cats forwards get frustrated about missing their fifth goal of the match in the last two minutes, you know you’ve met your match.

      I am a Hawthorn supporter. Have been since I was 10. Do not think I begrudge Geelong’s win. Today I applaud the Geelong Football Club and their supporters. Outstanding work for first class winners.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 29 at 03:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well done to the Geelong Cats on their 119 point win over the Port Adelaide Bogans!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 09 29 at 03:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Firefox. Mighty good.
      Just in case anyone comes this way.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 09 29 at 06:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. I seem to recall Dr Karl having long conversations with Macca on a Sunday morning while driving his family rig around Oz, presumably using fossil fuel. Hypocrite.

      Yay the Cats.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 09 29 at 07:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Steady on there MareeS! You don’t expect a fella to just carry on truckin’ once he’s realised that the nation is vulnerable to Pollie superannuation smorgasbordisation climate change? What else should one do but hop in for their slice volunteer to help, whether from QLD or not?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 09 29 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. I love the first, and as of this writing, only comment to Tim’s article.  It’s a good example of an unhinged mind.

      Posted by AnnNY on 2007 09 29 at 08:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. We’ve had unseasonably warm weather the past few days here in the backwoods of Taxachusetts.  To my delight, I haven’t heard a word about global warming, as the folks with whom I usually associate are loving the nice weather.  Then again, I’ve been avoiding shopping in the next town over, a college town that harbors hordes of wealthy uberlefties and watermelons.  I’m sure that, were I to go to the Overpriced Organic Market there, the handwringing and gnashing of teeth would be in full force.  “We need to consume less to stop GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE!”  Yeah, well, Skippy, you first.  Give up your high-performance Mercedes, your million-dollar, 6000-square-foot home, your numerous vacation getaway homes, and all the amenities you enjoy as a well-off member of the upper crust.  When you set an example to us rabble by living in a lean-to year-round, scavenging berries and fungi and huddling for warmth over a fire made of twigs and dung, then I might think about turning off a light or two.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 09 29 at 01:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. THE YEAR OF THE CAT CRAP
      Thanks to Al Stewart Gore

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 29 at 08:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #34
      Thanks for the kruddos kudos, MMI believe that you hold the christening of Robyn 100m Williams amongst your many accolades?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 29 at 08:35 PM • permalink

 

  1. Wot hypocrisy?

    I recall the only Green ever elected to the lower house of the Federal Parliament, nominated a supercharged SS Commodore as his private (taxpayer-funded) vehicle.

    Obviously it is one rule for us, and one rule for caring individuals who are concerned about gerbil worming.

    Posted by Apparatchik on 2007 10 01 at 10:41 PM • permalink